Exeter Chiefs finish on top after 40-21 win over Northampton Saints

Henry Slade scored the opening try for Exeter
Henry Slade scored the opening try for Exeter
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Exeter Chiefs 40-21 Northampton Saints, Sandy Park
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Exeter Chiefs scored a six-try riot as they completed a 40-21 win over Northampton Saints in the final round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sandy Park on Saturday.

This is Exeter's 17th win from 22 games as they sealed the top place in the league while Northampton managed to sneak the fourth place. The two teams will meet each other on 25th May at Sandy Park in the play-off.

In an electrifying 10 minutes, Piers Francis gave Northampton a terrific start with a second minute try that was cancelled by Henry Slade with a touchdown in the 10th minute.

The Saints once again seized the lead with Rory Hutchinson breaching the defence of Exeter to score his side's second try with Biggar improving it but the scores were levelled once again by the 32nd minute with Ben Moon strolling over the line.

Rob Baxter's men went into the lead for the first time in the game with a try from Don Armand in the 37th minute and despite a double sin-bin to Alex Waller and Courtney Lawes, the Saints finished the break with a 21-21 scoreline following a try from Cobus Reinach.

As Northampton failed to get any breakthrough in the second half, Exeter dominated the proceedings with further tries from Matt Kvesic (48'), Dave Dennis (57') and Luke Cowan-Dickie (73') to complete a 40-21 win. Joe Simmonds also had a productive game kicking five conversions.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?

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